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Where we've deftly switched from the political-cut-and-thrust (hope you caught our Labour leadership five-way hustings chat) to cutting-edge literary crit, as Book Club returns from its summer loll-on-a-beach with a Sebastian Faulks special: do vote for the Faulks book you'd most like to read - and join us for a natter about it with the author himself on Thursday 30 September.
Before then, we've a Q&A with Duncan Clark from the climate-change campaign 10:10: do post your carbon-footprint-reducing questions for him. And for all of you who are caving in – or have caved already <weak> – to the pre-teen nagging for a dog-and-bone of their own, here's our rather ace guide to internet safety on mobile phones.
Now for this week's parenting news...
No cure for morning sickness: There is little evidence to suggest that any remedies for morning sickness actually work, say researchers from the respected Cochrane Collaboration. After reviewing 27 trials involving more than 4,000 pregnant women, and remedies including acupressure, acupuncture, antihistamines, anti-vomiting drugs and ginger, the researchers say further, rigorous trials are needed to provide women, and doctors, with evidence about the best treatments. Morning sickness affects up to half of pregnant women, with two in 100 affected so badly, they need to be hospitalised. (BBC News 08.09.10)
Young people to shun university if fees rise: More than half of students would be deterred from going to university if fees were to rise as high as £5,000 a year, according to a survey of almost 4,000 students by the National Union of Students and HSBC. Former BP head Lord Browne is shortly to submit his official review of student fees, grants and loans and, according to press reports, he will be advising universities to increase fees from their present £3,290-a-year cap. OECD figures released this week show Britain has plummeted from 3rd to 15th in an international league table of numbers of university graduates. (Telegraph 09.09.10)
WIN THE CHANCE TO BECOME BMIBABY'S NEXT FAMILY TRAVEL REPORTER! bmibaby are on the lookout for a new reporter to enjoy a fun-packed family weekend in Jersey. The winner will be active online, perhaps a Tweeter or blogger, who is keen to share their holiday with the rest of us! Find our more here.
Other stories in brief
Quote of the week: Dinghy enjoys herself a tad too much suggesting topic titles for our new Pets category: "I have a pet shark. I want Fishnet. And for my pet rabbit - Harenet. And for my crabs - a trip to the clinic."
This month's prizes are:
TAKE OXFAM'S SURVEY FOR CHANCE TO WIN A £100 HAMPER OF DIVINCE CHOCOLATES. Oxfam wants to discover what makes the perfect charity-fundraising event for the under-fives. If you have children under the age of five, please take a few minutes to complete their short survey. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win Divine chocs, worth £100. If you have any questions, feel free to phone Oxfam on 0300 200 1300.
Aitch's TV round-up: Strictly Come Dancing, Sat 11 Sept, BBC1, 6.25pm
OK, I admit it, I prefer Strictly to X Factor. Fewer random acts of violence and my inherited bias against ITV when it comes to Saturdays (I was a Swapshop girl; Tiswas was, well, a little too messy). So... they have kept Alesha Dixon but there's no dance-off, which is a mistake IMHO. Let us also drink in the fact that Ann Widdecombe is competing and, by drink in, I probably mean suppress your gag reflex. Patsy Kensit is in there too (I hereby predict she will spend the whole time crying), Paul Daniels will be failing to capture the John Sergeant vote because he is, let's face it, a wee bit creepy, and proper actual star Michelle Williams will win it because she is gorgeous, can sing, can dance, works hard, talks a lot about being "blessed" and is second-best pals with Beyoncé after Kelly Rowland.
Discuss this show (and others) in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.
Recipe of the week: Cazmo's apple and blackberry crumble
Yes, there is a positive side to the autumnal twinge in the air: time to knock up a classic, comforting, seasonally-fruity pud.
You can review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?
That's all. We're off to hang out in Fishnet...
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